What we're about
Interested in locally-produced food & drink? In discovering its provenance, where it comes from, who produces it and of course, how good it tastes?
If so, then this group might be for you.
This Meetup will comprise of a healthy mix of talks, discussions, tasting events and tours.
We will be welcoming speakers such as food producers, beekeepers, farmers, food champions and others who can tell their stories whilst sharing their experiences.
This Meetup will act partly as a forum to allow consumers to meet producers- similar in ethos to a farmers market. But with the added benefit of having an organised event, where you can meet like-minded people, hosted in a setting to cater for it.
We will also be encouraging new & emerging food/food tourism-related startups (looking for feedback & support) to pitch their ideas to the group.
As someone who is currently working in the agri-food tourism space- I'm a big fan of the concept of 'Provenance In Place'- in which you get the opportunity to eat food directly where it is grown/produced/baked/distilled etc. We're blessed to have many of these artisan producers around Leinster, often set against the backdrop of beautiful landscapes.
Therefore we'll be arranging tours to some of these places, during which we'll also have the opportunity to get to know a little about the local history & biodiversity.
What kind of food & drink is available you might be asking yourself? Well anything from Wicklow heather honey to natural yogurt, from summer berry fruits to seasonal gin, from wild foraged foods to farmhouse cheeses.
Still not convinced?
Through the Meetups we'll also be touching on some of the following;
Reducing food miles & carbon footprint.
Food security & sustainability.
Food seasonality & Slow Food.
The vital role of pollinators.
We will also be exploring different ways that technology can help to tell food producers' & destinations’ stories in the 21st Century. And how it can assist consumers in accessing local, seasonal high quality produce year round.
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